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Panel: Is TLM 2.0 Truly the Panacea for Interoperability?
Thursday, December 4, 2008, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM | Room: Auditorium

Transaction level modeling (TLM) is a key approach to high-level modeling . Until the recent draft of TLM 2.01 at DAC, there was little agreement on a TLM standard due to many variants from end-users and EDA vendors. There are still open questions on the scope and boundaries of TLM 2.0. TLM 2.0 was devised to allow system level verification and exploration, create a standard interface between models, and bridge HW and SW domains, thus providing the ideal solution for convergence. However, with ad hoc standards factions, the variants of different models and legacy IP from users and vendors, can the industry truly converge and agree on a standard? Will such standard address efficiently the emerging OVM methodology for verification interoperability? This panel of experts will discuss their views, from both customer and vendor perspectives, on what they see ahead for SoC transaction level modeling.


Bill Martin
Mentor Graphics
He has over 25 years of experience in consulting, product design and project management. Bill joined Mentor in 2000 and has held senior roles in Mentor Consulting and IP. In addition to Mentor, Bill previously worked for Synopsys, VLSI Technology and Mostek. Martin holds an MBA in Marketing/Finance from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana.


Markus Willems
OSCI Board Member
Markus Willems, PhD, serves as a director on the OSCI board of directors since 2006, representing Synopsys. Dr. Willems joined Synopsys in 1999 and is currently senior product marketing manager for System-Level Solutions at Synopsys, based at Aachen, Germany. He was European marketing manager for verification and system-level products. Before joining Synopsys, Dr. Willems was product marketing manager at dSPACE, Paderborn, Germany. He holds an MBA (Wirt-Ing.) from Hagen University and a Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) and M.Sc (Dipl.-Ing.) in Electrical Engineering from Aachen University of Technology.


Yossi Veller
ESL design technologist
Mentor Graphics
With over 16 years of experience in EDA, Yossi Veller's was previously the chief scientist at Summit Design (which Mentor Graphics acquired in 2005) and previous head of the HDL simulation and TLM support groups at that company, which included leading an ADA corss-compiler projects. In addition to serving as Mentor Graphics ESL chief scientist based in Israel, Veller is also responsible for Mentor's R&D team. He holds a M.Sc degree in computer science, B.Sc degrees in mathematics and in electronic engineering, all from Beer Sheva University, Israel.


Jack Donovan
XtremeEDA Corp.
Jack Donovan is a co-founder of ESLX Incorporated, which recently merged with XtremeEDA Corporation. Jack has been focused on ESL Methodology, Training, and Implementation as a consultant since 2003. He was an active participant in the TLM 2.0 standardization effort. His company has provided consulting to a wide variety of market leading companies, ranging in size from startups to Fortune 500. Jack is also the co-author of “SystemC:From the Ground Up”, a popular book explaining the advanced usage of SystemC. He was previously a Director of Professional Services at Synopsys. Jack has over 20 years of system and ASIC design experience and has a BEE and MSEE from Georgia Tech.